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Element

Certificate of Excellence
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French, American, Sandwiches, International, Delicatessen, Contemporary, Bistro
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206 South Royal Avenue, Front Royal, VA 22630
540-636-9293
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
Description: The endless creativity of Chef-Owners David and Stacy Gedney has produced...
The endless creativity of Chef-Owners David and Stacy Gedney has produced an excellent bistro alternative to the commitment of fine dining restaurants and to the ennui of the countless chain restaurants. Element offers a variety of sapid dishes for lunch and dinner in a relaxed and modern atmosphere, augmented by a full bar, beers on draft and an elegant wine list. We adjust the menu regularly to keep our ingredients fresh and our choices interesting.
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  • 81
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch stop

On our way home and found this place on Tripadvisor. So glad we stopped. Excellent food! Cute place, good wine selection, and great food! The tomato crab dill soup was amazing!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
RobynD804
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Lorain, Ohio
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Lorain, Ohio
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

On our way home and found this place on Tripadvisor. So glad we stopped. Excellent food! Cute place, good wine selection, and great food! The tomato crab dill soup was amazing!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

My husband and I were visiting Front Royal and asked locals about good restaurants in the area. They named quite a few, but with this one, they said the restaurant had a"real" chef, and they even went into detail about some of the menu items. We decided to give it a try, and we were not disappointed. My husband had... More 

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Great Falls, Virginia
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187 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Stopped for lunch as did everyone else in town it seemed so the one waiter couldn't begin to keep up. Too bad because the meal was excellent. I had the Caeser Salad with the best roast chicken topping ever. Needed more dressing as did my wife's salad. She had a mixed green salad with no dressing but the waiter we... More 

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Bordeaux, France
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I heard about this restaurant by looking the experiences of other customers. It is was a good choice. The chief is a great one. A good association of flavor and textures. The service was great. I had a lot of question and in each case I obtained a sincere answer. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Delicious, laid back, and a surprise! I had scallops and husband had quail. Both were delicious. Wine was great. Don't miss this cute little restaurant!

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Front Royal, Virginia
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58 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

I love The Element when I want a lunch in a calm setting where I can talk with my wife. It is small a small room with great friendly service and an interesting selections, including a soup of the day. Everything is freshly prepared. I know I can find a selection each time I visit that will be interesting and... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

We ordered their steak, scallops, and pan-seared chicken dinner entrees and found them all to be bland-tasting. The staff was very kind and attentive, however. I would skip this place and find somewhere else to eat.

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Virginia, southeast
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Small restaurant with tasteful, artsy decor. The dishes are creative and delicious. Very friendly and helpful service. Also has an extensive wine collection and wine specials.

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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We enjoyed a delicious dinner and great service. The menu is eclectic with foods freshly prepared. When visiting Front Royal, don't miss this opportunity to enjoy great food and dine with the friendly locals. When we are visiting Front Royal, we will return.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We were recommended by some local people to try this place, this was lucky as it is not as prominent as some other eateries and we may well have passed it by. The menu was very impressive and we saw other diners food passing by us that looked very good. It was one of those days when we wanted something... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 206 South Royal Avenue, Front Royal, VA 22630
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Front Royal
  • Phone Number: 540-636-9293

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 40
  • Cuisine: French, American, Sandwiches, International, Delicatessen, Contemporary, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions

Description

The endless creativity of Chef-Owners David and Stacy Gedney has produced an excellent bistro alternative to the commitment of fine dining restaurants and to the ennui of the countless chain restaurants. Element offers a variety of sapid dishes for lunch and dinner in a relaxed and modern atmosphere, augmented by a full bar, beers on draft and an elegant wine list. We adjust the menu regularly to keep our ingredients fresh and our choices interesting.

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